Exercise is so much more than burning calories to lose weight. Yes, exercise can tone your muscles, increase endurance, but it can also ward off heart disease, diabetes, and even some cancers. It can spark your memory, your mood, and actually change your brain, yes increase your brainpower. Exercise can boost your self-esteem, and all-in-all, increase your happiness..
Burn Extra Calories and Strengthen Your Heart at the Same Time?
If you're only doing cardio workouts, you're missing out on a great weight-loss tool. The more muscle you have, the more calories you'll burn, even when you're just sitting in your chair at work. Plus strength training is so good for your heart that the American Heart Association recommends it as a top way to keep your heart healthy. So what are you waiting for? Grab your weights and try one of these strength training workouts.
25+ Ideas to Exercise with Kids
How Do You Get Your Kids to Exercise? Summer is the perfect time to get your kids outside and encouraging them to get physical. Show them how much fun running, playing basketball, or throwing a Frisbee together can be. The more you join in the fun, the better example you’re setting. Make exercise a family affair!
Healthy Summer Fun!
Exercise can be fun, especially if it is enjoying outside with family and friends. Here are some summer activities
that can be enjoyable, and burn calories too.
Swimming can keep you cool while you are physically active. Even if you are a beginner, water activities can help keep you fit, and many pools offer water-aerobics that can tone your muscles as well as burn calories.
Calories Burned: A 150 pound person can burn 360 calories in 30 minutes.
Cycling can be done almost anywhere, and at any time. It’s great for beginners and as you get more proficient at it, you can advance your workout for longer distances and more difficult rides. Another advantage, cycling is a low-impact
workout that is easy on your joints.
Calories Burned: A 150 pound person can burn 380 calories in 30 minutes.
Getting in Shape
Losing weight, and getting in shape means taking your first step to add exercise to your daily routine. If you have never exercised, or haven’t exercised in a long time, start out slow. Take a 10 minute walk at lunchtime, or play one of the beginning exercise videos listed on the Lighten Up Pinterest Page “exercise videos”. You will find a list of exercise workout videos, from Pilates, cardio, yoga, muscle strengthening and more. Try a new workout every day, varying from cardio to strengthening. Remember, you need to start out slow, and build up your stamina.
Exercise: Getting Started
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Calorie Burn Rate Calculator
The more active you are, the more calories you burn. Running or jogging, for instance, burns more calories than bowling. Click here to figure out your calorie burn rate
Target Heart Rate Calculator
Your target heart rate is the range at which sustained physical activity - running, cycling, swimming laps, or any other aerobic exercise - is considered safe and effective. Click here to figure out your target heart rate